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SADC Ambassadors Congratulate President Mnangagwa, Affirm Solidarity

by Staff Reporter
23 Nov 2023 at 05:17hrs | Views
Harare, November 22 - President Mnangagwa welcomed ambassadors and representatives from Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to State House in Harare yesterday. The visit by envoys from Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Malawi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, and Zambia aimed to extend congratulations on President Mnangagwa's victory in the August harmonized elections.

In a gathering emphasizing the strong historical, cultural, and familial ties binding SADC nations, President Mnangagwa described the member states as "one people" united in their pursuit of peace, stability, socio-economic development, and prosperity. Acknowledging the enduring support shown by the regional bloc, he highlighted the shared history dating back to the liberation struggle.

Expressing gratitude for SADC's endorsement of Zimbabwe's August polls as "free, fair, credible, and peaceful," President Mnangagwa commended the nation's continued political maturity. He affirmed Zimbabwe's commitment to upholding the rule of law in line with SADC principles and thanked the bloc for its ongoing call to lift Western-imposed sanctions.

President Mnangagwa emphasized Zimbabwe's resilience in the face of economic challenges, stating, "Despite socio-economic adversities brought about by the illegal sanctions, we remain focused, steadfast and determined to grow every sector of our economy." He extended heartfelt thanks to the diplomatic corps accredited to Zimbabwe for conveying the nation's story of "peace, tranquility, and unprecedented development" to the international community.

Assuming the role of the incoming Chair of SADC, President Mnangagwa urged member states to maintain unity, emphasizing the importance of economic diplomacy for realizing the bloc's economic potential. He encouraged Ambassadors to focus on regional industrialization, integration, and the African Continental Free Trade Area.

President Mnangagwa also stressed the need for food self-sufficiency, increased industrialization, and the adoption of technology in the region. He congratulated Eswatini on conducting peaceful elections and extended well-wishes to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar as they prepare for upcoming elections.

In an interview after the meeting, Angolan Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Agostinho Tavares da Silva Neto, expressed gratitude to President Mnangagwa for the reception and reiterated SADC's support for Zimbabwe. He acknowledged the lessons learned from Zimbabwe's achievements, particularly in food security, despite prolonged sanctions.

The courtesy call concluded with President Mnangagwa expressing optimism for the deepening of cooperation between SADC states and Zimbabwe, highlighting the importance of uplifting people out of poverty and into prosperity through enhanced diplomatic relations.

Source - Byo24news